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Tropical Fruit Discussion / How Long for Ylang Ylang to Flower
« on: November 09, 2018, 12:24:20 AM »
I have a ylang ylang tree planted that is roughly 8 feet tall and wide and was hoping it would flower this year.  I seems very healthy and as we head into winter and cooler weather I'm bummed that it'll be at least another year until it flowers.  Does anyone know generally how long these trees take to flower?  This tree was a seedling and was not grafted.  Info on the internet is hard to find. 

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Tropical Fruit Buy, Sell & Trade / Manila Mango Trees for Sale
« on: August 07, 2018, 02:30:27 PM »
Hello all california mango growers.  I have a few too many La Verne Manila Mango trees and would like to get rid of a few.  These are 5 gallon healthy trees ready for grafting or planting in ground.  Trees are anywhere from 3-4 feet tall and many have multiple branches that would be able to be grafted.  $30 per tree or 4 for $100.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Steps/Help for Curing Vanilla Beans
« on: February 08, 2018, 12:48:24 AM »
Thanks for all the tips, I've got a good bit of info to sort through!

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Steps/Help for Curing Vanilla Beans
« on: February 06, 2018, 12:08:49 PM »
I was looking for some help on the next steps for this vanilla bean.  I got the bean to set in the beginning of October 2017 and all of the information i found online says they are ready to cure in 4-6 months.  However that is about the clearest information i can find online.  Does the bean cure on the vine, do i pick it and cure it inside.  Any tips would be greatly appreciated as i am totally confused as to what to do next.




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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 12, 2017, 11:36:51 PM »







Hi Everyone, I was looking for some advice.  I have a few dragonfruit in various stages of ripeness.  I also have a few friends who are coming into town next Sunday (9/17) who i have promised said dragonfruit to.  I would like the fruit to be as good as possible and was wondering if it would be better to pick the fruit that is dead ripe now and store in the fridge, or if it would be better to leave the ripe fruit on the vine until next Sunday even though it is perfectly ripe now.  I have previously left dragonfruit in the fridge for a little over a week and it seemed good, just wondering if anyone knows if it is better to leave on the vine.  Thanks for any help and suggestions.

I will not call it dead ripe. Normally I leave the fruit on the vine as long as I can. Watch for rodents and splits though.


Thanks for the reply, i started seeing some splits on a few of my Physical Graffiti.  Seems to be limited just to them though.  I have never left them on the vine past the point that they are totally bright pink, is there any way they will become washed out or lose flavor if left on too long?

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Mango Splitting?
« on: September 11, 2017, 10:25:33 PM »






After the strange weather the last couple weeks which included thunderstorms and unusual summer rains for California i was inspecting a few sweet tart mangos i have on the tree and noticed these cracks forming on the fruit with sap dripping.  I was wondering if there is no hope and they should be picked now and used as green mangos or if the sap will fill in the crack and they will ripen properly.  The cracks are fairly small and as there is nothing nearby that could cause physical damage i figure i might be splitting due to the weather.  Anyone have any advice?  Thanks

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Dragon Fruit thread.
« on: September 08, 2017, 06:20:28 PM »







Hi Everyone, I was looking for some advice.  I have a few dragonfruit in various stages of ripeness.  I also have a few friends who are coming into town next Sunday (9/17) who i have promised said dragonfruit to.  I would like the fruit to be as good as possible and was wondering if it would be better to pick the fruit that is dead ripe now and store in the fridge, or if it would be better to leave the ripe fruit on the vine until next Sunday even though it is perfectly ripe now.  I have previously left dragonfruit in the fridge for a little over a week and it seemed good, just wondering if anyone knows if it is better to leave on the vine.  Thanks for any help and suggestions.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: When to Pick This Himsagar Mango
« on: August 07, 2017, 07:18:36 PM »
Thanks for the replies, the color has begun to lighten to a lighter green, still feels firm and it doesn't have any smell yet, ill keep a close eye on it seems like its close to picking time.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / When to Pick This Himsagar Mango
« on: August 07, 2017, 01:59:44 PM »
Was hoping for some help on telling when to pick this Himsagar Mango.  It started really filling in recently and sap started leaking from the stem 2 days ago.  Seems like its not quite ready but I'm unsure as i don't have any experience with mangos that are supposed to be picked green and ripened on the counter.  Any help and advice is greatly appreciated.   






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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Re: Red Mango Leaf Veins
« on: May 15, 2017, 10:38:37 AM »
Thanks for the help everyone.  This is only displaying on the newer leaves that flushed in late March and are hardening off right now.  The older leaves look normal and healthy.  This tree has Manila rootstock and i have a few different mango trees, including another keitt planted 20ft away and none have ever had this happening.  I will hit it with a foliar and see if it has an affect.

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Tropical Fruit Discussion / Red Mango Leaf Veins
« on: May 14, 2017, 10:59:05 PM »



Hi everyone, i saw this reddening of the veins of my Keitt mango tree.  I searched google and couldn't find anything but came across this forum.  Searched the forum and couldn't find this specific problem addressed.  I have been growing mangos for a few years now and have never seen this before.  I gave them a light fertilizer in late march but other than that no sprays or ferts.  Any help would be awesome.

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